Each meeting I attend seems to tell me of 1 MORE thing I need to be planning for OR I am reminded about all of the things I am "supposed" to be doing and am currently not doing very well. I know everyone higher up than me on the food chain is being told by someone else what they should be doing AND what all I should be doing but I ask myself Who IS getting it all done??!!??!!??
I hop over to visit other blogs and I end up feeling like I am not doing a good job....y'all must be Wonder Woman and I want to know your secrets. =)
I find myself stressing and worrying too much.
So, I have to stop and look at all of the ways God is blessing me.
I need to stop and try and leave this worrying and stress outside of the classroom.
The worrying and stress will not make me a better teacher. In fact, it is during those times when I tend to have less patience. I forget to be proactive instead of reactive to my kiddos and their problems and misbehavior. I also tend to rely on the things and people of this Earth for my comfort and peace...and that always seems to leave me a little discouraged.
I need to remember to put my trust in God and see each blessing He bestows upon me in my classroom.
It seems to be those hugs, smiles, and words of "I love you" that remind me of what God needs me to focus on.
Teachers have such a tough job. Unless you are in the trenches with us, no one really knows what it is like to walk into the classroom each day. It is scary that we are given such responsibility to care for and nurture 16+ kiddos each day....plus teach them reading, math, science, and social studies!!!
Think about this...
All of the planning in the world is not what makes you a good teacher. There will always be new standards and curriculum. There will always be someone telling us we need to do more. People will not listen or fully understand what you face when you walk into YOUR classroom each day. BUT, I am the only one who can be in charge of my attitude and heart.
God put YOU in YOUR classroom. Remember...
One last thought...
A teacher who teaches from the heart IS more than ordinary.
From My Heart to Yours,